Singing a Hindu Nation explores how the political becomes devotional through musical performance. At the heart of author Anna Schultz's study is r=ashtr=iya k=irtan, a western Indian performance medium that combines song, Hindu philosophical discourse, and nationalist storytelling. Performers of r=ashtr=iya k=irtan have impacted the political environment throughout the last century, inspiring Marathi-speaking people to resist colonial domination both violently and non-violently in the early twentieth century, supporting state health and national integration projects in the early post-colonial era, and in the last decade of the century, using their performances to buttress the rhetoric of Hindu nationalists as these groups rose to power. By performing in regional idioms with rich associations for Maharashtrian congregations, singers of r=ashtr=iya k=irtan use music to combine political and religious signs in ways that seem natural and desirable, and as a result effectively promote embodied experiences of nationalist devotion. As the first monograph on music and Hindu nationalism, Singing a Hindu Nation presents a rare glimpse into the lives and performance worlds of nationalists on the margins of all-India political parties and cultural organizations. The book is an essential resource for ethnomusicologists, as well as scholars of South Asian studies, religion, and political theory.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Anna Schultz earned the Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Illinois. She is an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at Stanford University, where she works on Marathi kirtan, Indo-Caribbean music, paraliturgical Indian Jewish music, and country/bluegrass music.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Notes on Transliteration and Orthography
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1. Introduction. Standing on Narad's Mat: Nationalism and
Hindu Performance in Western India
PART I: Marathi Kirtan and Modernity Before 1947
2. Naradiya Kirtan for "Modern Educated People"
3. Rashtriya Kirtan: Resisting Modernity, Devotionalizing Nationalism
PART II: Nationalist Kirtan Within and Beyond the Post-Colonial State
4. "From 'Home Rule' to 'Good Rule'": Nationalism and Kirtan After Independence
5. The Re-Institutionalization of Marathi Kirtan: Hindutva Networks and Gender
PART III: Performing a Hindu Nation
6. Performance, Genre, and Politics in Rashtriya Kirtan
7: Sudhatai Dhamankar: Embedded Embodiments
8. Yogeshwar Upasani: The Collision of Genres and Collusion of Participants...